KE Alexander on Original Sin:
The problem with a Reformation view of original sin is that it tends
to free one from responsibility for one’s actions. That is not to say
that our human faculties and/or affections have not been corrupted but
it is to say that the emphasis should be shifted. We are corrupt
because when are separate from God’s empowering Spirit or presence.
This is the consequence of Adam’s sin, not a punishment or decree from
a capricious God. It is not God’s will that we perish…therefore the
Spirit continually offers empowerment and a way out! What is most
important is our response to that grace. Like Wesley (and not Calvin!),
I am optimistic about God’s grace!
K E Alexander,
That’s a classic misunderstanding of Reformed theology. No human
responsibility? As the Apostle Paul would say, “May it never be!” We
have a responsibility to turn from our sin in repentance and believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you ever post “comments of the day” that disagree with you?